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Winter Bird Feeder Maze Activity

By admin / 10 February 2021 /

Download and print this fun activity sheet to help this winter bird find its way to the bird feeder!

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Alberta’s Coal Policy Reinstated

By admin / 8 February 2021 /

Today’s announcement demonstrates that grassroots voices can make a real difference in ensuring that Alberta’s special places remain protected.

This is s a welcome reprieve for future development in the Eastern Slopes. We urge concerned citizens to continue to press for a full stop on exploration and development activities until public consultation is completed and appropriate protections are in place.

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Winter Birdwatching Scavenger Hunt

By admin / 8 February 2021 /

Kids can have fun bird watching too! These activity sheets have been created with junior bird watchers in mind, so get out and get observing. How many of our feathered friends can you find?

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Province Pushes the Pause Button on Coal Development

By admin / 27 January 2021 /

Energy Minister Sonya Savage has announced that the province will cancel 11 recently issued coal leases and pause future lease sales in the Eastern Slopes.

Unfortunately, a pause is not the same as a stop.

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Birding the Badlands

By admin / 27 January 2021 /

BY RYAN WILKES WITH HEATHER BLANCHETTE

Despite the barren landscape that is often associated with the badlands, the valley accommodates a lively riparian forest. This ecosystem makes the river valley a popular birding spot for local naturalists and visiting birders alike.

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A family of trumpeter swans at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park.

My BIG Alberta Backyard – Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan IBA

By admin / 25 January 2021 /

The Grande Prairie Trumpeter Swan IBA is located near the city of Grande Prairie in the Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, just a quick 25-minute drive from the city centre. It has several lakes that many species of birds call home every year.

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Loon with chick

Why Are Common Loon Chicks Becoming Less Common?

By admin / 22 January 2021 /

BY KRISTIN BIANCHINI

Measuring loon productivity is also an excellent indicator of lake health. As top predators, loons are sensitive to damage at lower levels of the food chain. For example, processes that decrease the number of fish in a lake can cause food shortages, especially for young loons. Being a top predator also makes loons more vulnerable to pollutants, like acid rain and mercury.

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A Fisheye View of Cumulative Effects in Alberta’s Southern East Slopes

By admin / 22 January 2021 /

BY SARAH MILLIGAN

The southern East Slopes region is both busy and ecologically significant. However, no landscape can provide an inexhaustible supply of benefits to humans. And in the southern East Slopes region, there are growing indications that a tipping point has been reached.

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Two adult coyotes.

Keep Those Wily Urban Coyotes Wild!

By admin / 22 January 2021 /

BY COLLEEN CASSADY ST. CLAIR

I began studying urban coyotes a little over a decade ago because Alberta’s cities, like virtually every city in North America, have seen a steady increase in reports of urban coyotes over time.

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Eastern kingbird eating a grasshopper.

Eastern Kingbirds

By admin / 18 January 2021 /

BY MYRNA PEARMAN

Eastern kingbirds belong to a group of birds known as the tyrant flycatchers, and the Latin name of this species, Tyrannus tyrannus, reflects their pugnacious nature.

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